Reed Hastings and Viola Davis to Serve as Keynote Speakers at the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference!

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December 3, 2013 Thumbnail image for Reed_Hastings_high.jpgThe 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference takes place March 3-6, 2014 and kicks-off with our opening keynote Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and CEO of Netflix. Reed is an active educational philanthropist and served as President of the California State Board of Education from 2000 to 2004.

Mr. Hastings currently serves on the CCSA Board of Directors and was awarded a Legacy Award in 2013 for his critical leadership role in the California charter school movement.

Viola Davis will serve as the closing keynote. Classically trained, award-winning actor, Viola Davis has conquered every medium from stage to television to film. Viola is dedication to ensure that "women of color are part of the narrative," on all artistic platforms. On raising the profiles and stories of young women of color, Viola says, "I want to do what Cicely Tyson did to me... she allowed me to have the visual of what it means to dream." It's this type of ideology and commitment that TIME saw when they named Viola as "one of the most influential people of 2012."

Viola is equally passionate about access to high quality educational options for students and is a supporter of the Segue Institute for Learning. Segue is a charter school based in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the economically depressed community where Davis grew up.

Viola has said, "I am a parent. And as a parent, I have a child and I know that the only way she's going to get a part of the American Dream is through education. And so if that great education is a public school, I'm going to send my kid to the public school. If that great education is a charter school, I'm going to send my kid to a charter school. I think that it's about wanting to do what's best for your kid."

Learn more about the 2014 keynotes and the complete program line-up including 150 breakout sessions.

Friday, December 13 is the Early Bird Registration Deadline!

The holiday season is a busy time of year for everyone. Take five minutes and secure your registration for the conference. Don't miss these inspiring speakers and more. Register now to receive the Early Bird Registration Rate as well as group discounts.

Register Now, Pay Later: Use a PO# to purchase your registration, lock in the Early Bird rates and don't pay until after March 2014.

Happy Holidays from the CCSA Strategic Events Team!